One of the most shocking things about the 2013 defense was the lackluster play of Damian Swann. I pegged Damian Swann to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Thomas Davis and other elite defensive backs. Last season, the entire defense was disappointing, specifically the secondary, and specifically Swann.
Remember back to 2012, Jarvis Jones was the playmaker and superstar. But it seemed that whenever Jones or Rambo weren’t making a big play, it was Swann. It felt like he was always falling on a fumble, causing a fumble, or getting a timely pick. In 2012, he had 4 INT and 2 fumble recoveries, with 2 forced fumbles.
Last year, we needed the big play pop from someone since Jarvis Jones had left, and Swann was the logical choice to be that playmaker on defense. Instead Swann was quiet as a church mouse.
Fortunately for the Georgia defense, and Swann himself, he is having a big senior year. He already has 3 INT through 6 games and 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles. The playmaker from 2012 has already matched his impact from that season…and we are only halfway through 2014.
In a league filled with defensive stars, it was announced that Swann was awarded the SEC Defensive Player of the Week.
The kudos and recognition for Swann are very much deserved. If the defense continues to play well, we should look back at the end of the year and place a lot of credit on the role #5 is playing.